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presidential museum in grand rapids, michigan. >>> we turn overseas, now, and to afghanistan. where there were bold words were delivered by president obama's new defense secretary, leon panetta. on his first trip to afghan stay, about al qaeda, he said, i think we have them on the run. and that victory is, quote, within reach. abc's david kerley is in washington. >> reporter: having succeeded after nine, long years in the hunt for osama bin laden, the new defense secretary boldly says the u.s. is on the verge of defeating al qaeda. >> i think we have them on the run. >> reporter: but speaking to reporters on his way to afghanistan, panetta said timing is critical. >> i think now is the moment to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> reporter: here's why. with the killing of bin laden, u.s. forces recovered a treasure trove of intelligence. panetta revealed today they have been able to identify 10 to 20 al qaeda leaders who are based in 4 countries. >> if we can go after them, i thi
and rick santorum or on the trail in iowa. in today's political minute, the war in afghanistan takes center stage than the commander in chief meets with his new national security team. let's talk about the significance of these meetings. the president wants to get everyone on board, right? >>> that's right, he just announced the afghanistan drawdown which coincides with a major turnover in his leadership in afghanistan. all the people will be and the white house today meeting with the president. part of what is also going on is there is a push back on his afghanistan plan any need to get everyone on board ahead of august when the turnover settles in. >> congress is returning from holiday weekend early to continue to work on the nation's finances. it will be a busy week for them. >> absolutely, the senate will be back this week. it puts pressure on them to get a deal done. on friday, we have the june jobs numbers which will be another pressure on congress to really get this done for the economy. on wednesday tomorrow, the president will have a twitter town hall. he will meet with senate de
. >>> we turn to afghanistan, where we are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwells, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that haha authorities on high alert this fourth. combine that with documents found inside
, and other forms of land and under the. >>> general david petraeus will relinquish his post in afghanistan to lieutenant general. john allen will begin his new job as head of the cia on august 5. nato is beginning and prepared to hand over provincial forces to a chemist and control. >>> abc news reports president obama and house speaker john boehner are once again talking about a $4 trillion deal. the house will vote tomorrow on a bill to raise the debt ceiling. it would require congress to cut and cap spending and pass a balanced budget amendment. >>> gold source to records in this morning's trading. >> more consumers are stocking up on grocery trips. linda bell is by the bloomberg headquarters. >> more americans looking to get more bang for their buck. they're looking to buy bigger quantities of things as retailers cut the price fall on multiple items at a time. 10 cans of tuna fish for $10. that gets to shoppers to buy more than what was originally on their shopping list. a professor at harvard says even though you would still get the same sales price by not buying 10 of the items they
. it was one of the most powerful people in afghanistan. he was accused of being involved in drug -- drug trafficking. >>> a soldier wounded in afghanistan is only the second living recipients of the medal of honor. he will be awarded this afternoon. he lost a hand and suffered shrapnel wounds when he threw a grenade away from fellow soldiers. he was very heroic. >>> at least two people from our area are among those killed in a triple fatal car crash in new jersey. a car ran off of 295 south of philadelphia last night, hit a tree and burst into flames. >> two people were killed along with another victim. >>> we are monitoring a developing story coming in from maryland. state police issued an amber alert for an 8-year-old child who might have been adopted. -- abducted. derek brown jr. was last seen in baltimore at 6:30 yesterday. police believe he was conducted by two men. was wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt and they had on a red and white rocket on the front of the shirt. police believe the suspects are driving a new or light green ford taurus with maryland attacks. >>> families
. finishing far post. only second-ever sub to ever score in the final. 1-0. troops in afghanistan celebratatg. but the celebrations would end. a mess in the back for the u.s. alex krieger won't clear. 1-1. we go to extra t te. abby wambach scoring for the 122nd time for the u.s. can they seal the deal this time? no. homare sawa the captain was the golden boot winner of this competition. we're going to the penalty shoot-out. the usa and hope solo beat brazil in this setup. hope solo not feeling 100%. carly lloyd with the u.s. down 1-0 in the shootout. over the crossbar. 2-0. abby wambach with the cacaing, it's now 2-1. it's not over yet. hope solo. it's over now. japan beat host germany and sweden. to lift the world cup. this has been your espn news update. >>> good for them. >>> unfortunately, and in inevitably, we must admit mistakes happen in television news. >> this is breaking story right here. this one, though, this may take the cake. it comes from our friends at the bbc. >> they were doing a story about the trial of baseball star roger clements. >> joining us now the bob walker, for the
are remembering the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evac
that are on their way to afghanistan, they are coming. i mean, there's a ton of american pride floating around germany right now. >> we had three young girls hop in our van before we left to take a pictutu, there's young and old, boys and girls, actually saw richard jefferson from the nba in our lobby hotel this morning. he's excited about the game. a lot of buzz. >> team usa has never lost to japan. what do they have to do today to keep up that streak? >> the first thing they have to do is throw away that stat. this is a totally different japanese team. i mean, it's 22 ones, 3 ties, all time against japan. but the u.s. knows this is a very good japanese team. they never made it to the semifinals and beat sweden. never made it to the finals and here they are, and they are riding a lot of pride, of course, from the tragedy that they've gone through in the last four months. >> a lot of supporters from japan from that standpoint. what does the u.s. need to focus on, offense or defense? a lot of people are saying offense. >> of course scoring goals is necessary to win a tournament. but the most important
boettcher in eastern afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dustyay ar forward operating base shahrana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break. knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green grass. that's my -- >> real ground. >> i miss my mama. >> reporter: on this day
in afghanistan. all of this, one more sign of the growing tensions between the u.s. and pakistan. >>> as all of this debate over spending plays out in washington, in towns across this untry, millimeters of americans just want to find a job. tonight, another stunning number behind the new and rising unemployment figures. it now takes ten months to find a job, the longest ever. millions of americans now have only food stamps to get by, and those benefits kick in once a month and midnight. and it's created a new shopper in this country. the familying heading out in darkness to get their food. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: we responsibility more than a month following leslie benson and her family. she was laid off from her job two years ago. her unemployment has run out. and the state gives her just $97 in food stamps each month to feed her family of three. >> we live for that last day of the month so we can restock and replenish. >> reporter: we gave them a camera to show us how in the world they make their food last 30 days. by the second week, they were already worried. >> this is
bell. >>> well, a marine serving in afghanistan just proves that all you have to do is ask and you shall receive. >> you just never know. sergeant scott moore posted a youtube invited "black swan" star mila kunis to attend. with the urging of his co-star justin timberlake she said yes. >> worthy date. i think that's great. >>> coming up next the stories we'll follow later on today from the friends and dig thatties who say good-bye to betty ford. >>> to the momentous task of the "atlantis" astronauts. we'll be right back. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. pristiq is not approved for children under 18. do not take pr
petty officer just returned from afghanistan last week. >> just to know that people out there care and support us. it is amazing. >> close to 100 dresses will be given out in two days at is bridal salon. this is the second year that it has participated. >> they are giving me that freedom to be a business owner. >> the wedding is still five months away, but the special day and address make it feel like her fiancee will be home soon. >> i feel like it is perfect. i could not ask for anything more. >> she looks beautiful. >> that is so generous. that is it for abc 7 news at 5:00. blast ski area once again. it is getting ready to retreat -- retreat. >> what the president is saying about how a default could hit americans right away. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >>> live and in hd, this is abc7 news at 6, on your side. >> are big story at 6:00, could a break in this awful heat be on the way? >> that is the rumor we are hearing on the weather center. today, we got up to 97. the heat and humidity are taking its toll. some
by a fallen seasonal's family. they knew he adopted a stray dog in afghanistan. how they located the pup and flew her to their hometown, sight unseen. this is a wonderful story about a man's best friend. >> dedication to dogs and pets in our lives, which many people really think is worthwhile. incredible partners. >> and how important they are for soldiers and service people serving overseas. they really develop this tight bond with their pets. >> i think a very few of us can really understand. great story comingngp there. >>> first, tea party favorite michele bachmann has zoomed to the top of the polls as she campaigns for president in iowa. >> but there are questions about how the counseling center she and her husband run back in minnesota are run. an outside group took undercover video inside the center after bachmann's husband denied he tries to cure gay people. abc correspondent brian ross has details. >> reporter: michele bachmhmn tells supporters her husband marcus has been the key to her 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage because marcus has his ph.d. in co
wolf case. sources tell me be a dobe was angry about the u.s. wars in afghanistan and iraq and was heading to ft. hood to get revenge. we're told that abdo had been under investigation for months. apparently he initially came under suspicion after he was allegedly overheard making radical statements. military officials started looking at his background and eventually came across child pornography so his computer. abdo facing those charges in a court-martial disappeared on the fourth of july. in addition to the bomb-making materials in that texas hotel, police discovered jihadist material. as the investigation continues, the fbi wants to know did abdo become a ticking time bomb on his own or did someone encourage him? rob and tanya? >> all right, pierre thomas. >>> norway's police now believe last friday's mass murders were carried out by a lone wolf attacker. since killing 76 people in that bombing and shooting massacre, anders breivik has said he is part of a network of people plotting against multi-cultural europe. but authorities now say he acted alone last week and he k
and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. >> we've been hearing for weeks about this augusted 2 deadline but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd but still it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works, we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle believe it or not is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines either roll them back or use the money to support aviation projects. keep in mind if yo
. general david petraeus hands over nato command in afghanistan this morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a full-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter pulled off one of the greatest tricks yet. he turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 billion in ticket sales. harry potter has cast a spell over an e
on a trip to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really triple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was eslings impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >> not too far f
in afghanistan, general john allen took charge of the american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the j jilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. losing in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride of such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneo spontaneous chants of japan. since the earthquake and tsunsti killed 25,000 people, japan finally has reason to celebrate. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. along the tsunami-ravaged coast, re renew of hopes. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. team captain homare sawa's hometown elation. her elementary school coach said that i have no words. players viewed images of the disaster before each game and after every victory, carried a banner thanking the world for their support. today it was the evac wees in the tsunami zone thanking the players, saying that this t
. >>> overseas now, despite reports of major progress by american forces in afghanistan, there's new evidence that the war is more violent than ever. the u.n. says that civilian deaths are up 15% this year compared to last year's record high. it comes just as the u.s. hands over more security duties to afghan forces. >>> and former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest today alongside her husband at his presidential museum in michigan. thousands gathered to pay their final respects wednesday after ford's casket arrived from california. >>> and the theater where david letterman tapes his show has been vandalized for a second time this week. a florida man was arrested overnight accused of shattering glass on the front doors of the ed sullivan theater. another man was picked up sunday after doing essentially the same thing breaking several of the same windows in an admittedly drunken rampage. now diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and hello again, josh. hope it's a great week so far. tonight, we are going to crown one of our viewers a made in market all-star. j
in may 2008. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petrie decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> you know the med of a of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> also he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life which is really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keeps on
appear to be calalr compared to questioned when the dow plummeted almost 200 points. >>> in afghanistan a major attack on the government and a volatile southern province. three car bombings targeted the governor's house and police headquarters. at least 17 people have been killed. >>> and this morning a faulty signal is being blamed for that horrifying train derailment in china killed 39 people and left hundreds injured in a rare move, the chinese railway institute took responsibility today admitting to design flaws. >>> back in this country 250 homes had to be evacuated after this train derailed in northern los angeles county. many of the derailed cars often carry hazardous materials but authorities this morning say they found no chemical leaks. >>> a possible bombshell in the 4-year-old case of missing british girl madelieine mccann. she disappeared in portugal just shy of her 4th birthday. now dna testing is being conducted on a young girl in india spotted by a british tourist who said the girl resembles mccann now 8 years old. however, a french woman and her husband insist that they
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